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Zion Williamson’s exceptional debut provides Pelicans hope

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Zion Williamson’s sublime 17-point surge in a span of barely more than three minutes could very well become part of New Orleans‘ pro sports lore — even if the final score won’t.

For the Pelicans, a narrow loss to a well-coached, savvy San Antonio Spurs team carried far less weight than the burgeoning form of a young superstar in the making.

“The way he came out was very poised,” veteran Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said of Williamson. “The way he played … bringing energy, especially down the stretch, was something that I guess you don’t really see from somebody so young. But even on top of that, we are almost in February and he hadn’t played a game yet, so for him to be able to come out here and do that his first game is pretty elite.”

Extraordinary hype, fueled by social media, has followed the affable, 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson since his high school days in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It only increased during his one stellar season at Duke, making him the consensus No. 1 overall NBA draft pick well before the Pelicans won the draft lottery and the right to select him.

Pro basketball fans had to wait an extra three months to see how Williamson’s rare combination of size and skill would translate in an meaningful NBA game because of the cautious and comprehensive approach the Pelicans took to their prized rookie’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

But it took only one game for Williamson to do something extraordinary.

He made all four 3s he attempted in the fourth quarter Wednesday, stirring the Smoothie King Center crowd into a jubilant frenzy. In between, he laid in an alley-oop lob and put back an offensive rebound with a reverse layup.

“It was nice to experience those emotions,” Williamson said. “I was happy to be out there and be able to run out there again, but what was going through my mind was just, ‘Be calm.’”

Williamson’s final statistical line was 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists in 18:08 on the court.

“The way he plays, that’s something he can do every day,” Holiday said. “Adding Zion is a big part to what we want to do here and our success.”

Fans wanted to see more, but coach Alvin Gentry said he couldn’t heed their chants of “We want Zion!,” during the final five minutes of a 121-117 loss.

“The medical people said that was it,” Gentry said, alluding to precautionary restrictions placed on Williamson’s playing time in the early days of his return to action.

“Me, personally, I don’t want any restrictions,” Williamson said. “But I’m not a doctor or a trainer, so I’ve just got to listen to them.”

The Pelicans are back in action twice in four days, hosting Denver on Friday and Boston on Sunday. If Williamson’s 19-year-old body responds well to his early action, his playing time is expected to lengthen.

“What you saw there is a taste of once we really get settled in and he gets settled in, you can see that there’s a lot of things we can do with him,” Gentry said. “There’s a lot of potential there. It was good to see him do that, but you know I think there’s a really, really high ceiling that he can reach.”

Everything about Williamson’s debut exuded a big-event vibe. The game was sold out and hundreds of fans were waiting to pour into the arena when the gates opened about an hour before tip-off.

“The energy was there from warm-ups,” Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball said. “That is the most people I have seen coming out before the game even started.”

Tip-off was pushed back 90 minutes to accommodate national TV and Pelicans media relations staff said they’d issued about 165 credentials, more than five times the typical number for a mid-week game in January.

For a little more than three quarters, when Williamson had five points and four turnovers, it looked like his first game would disappoint the lively, capacity crowd that came to see him. Then, suddenly, Williamson had the place on its feet and in a state of near delirium.

Holiday noted that Williamson had been rocking arenas since high school, adding rhetorically, “As exciting as it was, is it really that much of a surprise?”

Perhaps not. But it was memorable.

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Fan throws debris at LeBron James’ son, NBA superstar calls it “disrespectful”

Lebron James, the Los Angeles Lakers star, expressed his frustration on Monday after an unidentified fan threw some type a small piece of trash at his son during his son’s high school basketball game.

Bronny James Jr., himself a star at Sierra Canyon, was playing an away game in  Springfield, Mass., when the incident occurred. His father, who was also playing in an away game against the Boston Celtics, was at his son’s game and flanked by security guards.

A referee could be seen in video stoping play and security was called to remove the fan. However, no one was ejected because the fan couldn’t be identified, reports say. Some described the object as resembling a piece of candy or trash.

James, 35, spoke with reporters after his Lakers lost to the Celtics on Monday– telling them the throw “made me mad” and was “disrespectful,” according to ESPN.

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James said he didn’t see the incident until after the game, the outlet reported.

“It’s just disrespectful, and it was a little kid, too. I don’t know how old that little kid was, so I don’t know if he learned that on his own, or if he learned it at home. Whatever the case may be, it’s disrespectful. I wonder how old that kid is if he is the age around Bronny’s age or Bryce’s age. I’d like to see them try that while they’re paying attention.”

James also responded to a slow-motion video of the incident that he was tagged in on Twitter.

“Hating has no age limit! #JamesGang is build for it and well equipped. As we proceed,” James said.

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Sierra Canyon lost its third game of the season 70-62. James, 15, came off the bench, playing 13 minutes and didn’t speak to reporters after the contest, the outlet said.

His teammates and father spoke about how he’s handled the extra attention being the son of an NBA superstar.

“He’s cool, calm, he’s better than his mom and dad. Let’s just say that. He is, he’s better than his mom and dad for some of the things he lets off his shoulder. I guess he’s taken some from me too because I let a lot of s— go too,” James said, according to ESPN.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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“He’s a great kid. Most importantly, he loves being around his teammates, being a great kid, being a model citizen in the community, and playing the game he loves to play. And being a big brother to his brother and sister, but that s— earlier made me mad when I saw that, it was just disrespectful.”

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Atlanta Hawks’ Chandler Parsons suffered career-threatening injuries in car crash, attorneys say

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Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons suffered career-threatening injuries in a car crash last week, the player’s attorneys said Monday.

Parsons suffered a traumatic brain injury, disk herniation and a torn labrum in Wednesday’s crash, attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis of the firm Morgan & Morgan said.

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He was leaving practice when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The attorneys said the driver was charged with DUI in the wreck.

The NBA player’s attorneys said that the other driver “admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him” and “passed out” following the wreck. The attorneys said the driver is responsible for jeopardizing Parsons’ career. The driver was not identified.

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Parsons remains in concussion protocol and was not with the team Monday for their game against the Toronto Raptors. He was not on the bench for their previous two games. The Hawks announced last week that he had suffered a concussion and whiplash and have recently added “associated disk injury” to the list of injuries.

In his eight years in the league, Parsons, 31, has played for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies prior to Atlanta. Parsons has played in only five games this season, with his last appearance on Dec. 27.

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He is averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 440 career games.

Fox News’ Jack Durschlag and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-NBA guard Delonte West allegedly appears in two distressing videos as fans seek help for former player

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Former NBA guard Delonte West seemed to appear in two distressing videos circulated on social media Monday as fans called on the league and other professional basketball players to get him some help.

In one video, West appears to be in an altercation on a street in Washington, D.C.

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In another video, he appeared to be getting questioned by police officers and accused a man of pulling a gun on him, leading to the altercation. West yelled, “I don’t give a f—k” twice after being questioned and then began to say something incoherently.

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NBA fans on social media called upon the league’s stars and the players’ association to get West some kind of help.

West’s former teammate Jameer Nelson offered his prayers while former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said he was going to “figure out” how he can help West.

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West, a D.C. native, was a star guard at St. Joseph’s University before the Boston Celtics selected him with the No. 24 pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. He then played for the Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks before falling out of the league after the 2011-12 season.

Over the last few years, a series of events have occurred that have led to many people wondering how West was doing. He had been seen in 2016 wondering around Houston without any shoes on and then had altercations outside a strip club and at a youth basketball game.

West was seen in 2016 walking down a street in Maryland, sparking concerns that he was homeless. However, West was adamant that he was not homeless and that he was doing fine, Complex reported.

His brother told The Daily Mail in 2016 that Delonte was suffering from bipolar disorder.

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“Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs,” Dmitri West said. “I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he’s doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford.”

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NBA veteran Tyson Chandler says high school basketball players should be able to jump to pros

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Veteran NBA big man Tyson Chandler said he believes that high school basketball players should be able to jump to the professional ranks and recalled his own struggles before he made it.

Chandler, who is currently on the Houston Rockets, told The Undefeated in a story published Friday that going from high school to the NBA was a big decision for him. He said the “whole college experience wasn’t worth not being able to take care of my family” and explained that his family was homeless when he was a sophomore and junior in college and he was couch surfing.

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“People get it twisted. People don’t want to be in them circumstances. It’s just the way this country was set up. We’ve evolved a lot, but in a lot of ways we haven’t evolved. And I think the country knows that. I was a product of that,” Chandler told The Undefeated.

Chandler said he was determined to make it out of his tough circumstances and that once he knew the NBA was an option for him, committed to it and stayed focused.

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“That’s why all high school players should be able to come out. You can fight in a war. You can go and do all kinds of things. So, I don’t know why you can’t come up and be professional and be able to provide for your family and make that decision,” Chandler said. “They say, ‘Guys aren’t ready.’ Well, guys aren’t ready when they come out of college either. It just varies. Some of the greatest players we’ve had in our league came out of high school and some of the greatest players that had the most longevity came out of high school.”

Chandler was selected with the No. 2 pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls soon after being drafted. He is the last player from the draft class to be playing and is the longest-tenured active NBA player.

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He’s played for the Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and the Rockets.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons injured in post-practice car crash: report

Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons suffered a concussion and whiplash following an auto accident Wednesday afternoon after the team’s practice, team officials said.

The 6-foot, 9-inch small forward was evaluated after the incident at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, where the diagnosis was made, a Hawks spokesperson said.

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Chandler Parsons of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles during an NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 22, 2019, in Detroit. (Getty Images)

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Parsons will enter the NBA’s concussion protocol and miss Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta’s WXIA-TV reported.

No details about the location, time or other injuries in the car accident were available, the report said.

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In his eight years in the league, Parsons, 31, has played for Houston, Dallas and Memphis prior to Atlanta.

Parsons has played in only five games this season, with his last appearance being Dec. 27.

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Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss

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Guard Damion Lee signed a multiyear contract with the Warriors on Wednesday as expected given his time as a two-way player had expired and Golden State wanted to keep him for the remainder of the season.

The team also brought back forward Marquese Chriss as a two-way player after he had been waived to clear room for Lee’s promotion. With Lee coming up, that left an open two-way spot and Chriss came through waivers and was available.

The 22-year-old Chriss will split time with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League. He has provided a boost for the injury-plagued Warriors after signing as a free agent in late September, averaging 7.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.7 minutes over 37 games with three starts.

Coach Steve Kerr was asked before Tuesday’s 124-97 home defeat to the Dallas Mavericks whether it surprised him Chriss remained available.

“It did. I guess the one thing that maybe hurt him in terms of not being picked up was the trade deadline coming up and teams wanted to hang on to roster spots and flexibility. That would be my only guess, but we are the beneficiaries of that,” Kerr said. “Assuming everything goes cleanly tomorrow, it would be good to get him back and back in the flow.”

The 27-year-old Lee, Golden State star Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law, also spent last season as a two-way player. With all the Warriors’ injuries this season, he has provided valuable minutes and contributions. He is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists playing 26.8 minutes over 26 games with 13 starts.

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Irving returns with 21 points, Nets pound Hawks 108-86

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Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in 20 minutes of an easy return from a two-month absence with an injured right shoulder, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Irving shot 10 for 11 from the field after missing 26 games with an impingement. The shoulder looked fine and his handle looked as good as ever while he dribbled his way around a hopeless Atlanta defense.

Energized by his return that still seemed a ways away just a week ago, the Nets led by 39 points and won their second straight after dropping seven in a row.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points for the Hawks, who played without star guard Trae Young because of a left hamstring injury and lost their fourth straight.

Taurean Prince scored 14 points for the Nets, who made it such an easy night that their fans didn’t need to worry about the scoreboard as they roared for Vince Carter’s two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The 42-year-old former Nets star finished with eight points in his final road appearance against the franchise.

Irving began feeling pain in his shoulder early in the season, and he took himself out of the lineup after a game in Denver on Nov. 14. The Nets held up well without him for a while thanks mostly to Spencer Dinwiddie’s strong play, but had faltered recently and struggled especially in crunch time.

Irving got a cortisone shot on Dec. 24, revealing last weekend his options were that or surgery. He gave no indication then he was close to returning, but participated fully in practice this week.

He started alongside Dinwiddie to share the playmaking responsibilities and did most of his scoring near the basket, making the only 3-pointer he attempted. The Nets were already leading 70-46 at halftime before he went 5 for 5 for 10 points in a dazzling six-minute stretch of the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Carter got a nice ovation when he checked in and then when he checked out for good in his final road appearance against the Nets. He spent 4 1/2 seasons with the franchise when it was in New Jersey and is third on the Nets’ scoring list. His old team was a bit premature with its goodbye, playing a tribute video for Carter when the Hawks played here last year, though he had given no indication he planned to retire. He ended up coming back and became the first player to play 22 NBA seasons. … Coach Lloyd Pierce said Young got treatment in Washington, where the Hawks practiced Saturday, and was still sore Sunday. Brandon Goodwin started in his place.

Nets: Brooklyn has won the last eight meetings. That’s only halfway to the longest winning streak in the series, as Atlanta won 16 straight from 1986-89. … Brooklyn’s previous biggest lead in a game this season was 26 points against Philadelphia on Dec. 15.

FAN FAVORITES

Young and Irving are the leading vote-getters among Eastern Conference guards after the second returns of fan balloting for the NBA All-Star Game. Young had received 1,389,628 votes in totals announced Thursday, and Irving had 1,351,997.

STATEMENT SHIRTS

The Nets warmed up in shirts reading “No Place for Hate.” The shirts were designed in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League after a number of anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn over the past few months.

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Beer toss at Celtics-Spurs game after Kemba Walker ejection gets fan arrested, report says

A fan was arrested for throwing a beer on the court during an NBA game between the Celtics and San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night — after Boston’s Kemba Walker was controversially ejected for using back-to-back profanities.

Midway through the third quarter at TD Garden in Boston, Walker collided hard with 260-pound LaMarcus Aldridge during a screen that wasn’t called a foul by the referees. Crew chief Rodney Mott later told a reporter that Aldridge was set, so a foul wasn’t called.

Angry about what many saw as a missed call, Walker reportedly gave some harsh words to referee Evan Scott, who charged him with two technical fouls and ejected the player.

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“I thought I was being nice,” said Walker. “I thought the ref missed the call. … The rest is history.”

Boos rained down from the home crowd in the stands and a fan launched a beer that landed in front of the Spurs bench and rolled onto the court, requiring a short delay in the game so crews could clean up the mess.

Celtics spokesman Christian Megliola said the suspect was promptly located and arrested. The fan’s identity wasn’t immediately made available.

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Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) watches as referee Evan Scott charges him with a technical foul during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Boston. (Associated Press)

Celtics coach Brad Stevens apologized to San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich after the incident.

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“I told Pop after the game I’m really sorry that they had to experience that,” Stevens said. “I hope that person’s not allowed in an NBA arena again.”

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein calls own players ‘thugs,’ claims he meant to say ‘slugs’: report

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein apologized Wednesday after referring to his players as “thugs” during a film session. He reportedly told them individually he meant to use the word “slugs” instead.

The strange excuse came after the 66-year-old Beilein — in his first NBA season after a long college coaching career of more than 750 wins — told his team of mostly black players, while wrapping up the film session in Detroit, that they were no longer playing “like a bunch of thugs.”

Many of the Cavaliers players were stunned and a wave of silence fell over the team, according to ESPN. Beilein claims didn’t realize he used the term until the team’s general manager Koby Altman, reached out to him later in the day, the outlet reported.

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“I didn’t realize that I had said the word ‘thugs,’ but my staff told me later I did and so I must have said it,” Beilein said, according to ESPN. “I meant to say ‘slugs,’ as in slow-moving. We weren’t playing hard before, and now we were playing harder. I meant it as a compliment. That’s what I was trying to say. I’ve already talked to eight of my players tonight, and they are telling me that they understand.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Beilein is now collecting more information regarding what transpired during the film session on Wednesday night, the outlet reported.

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He signed a five-year contract back in May to be the head coach of the Cavs after coaching the Michigan Wolverines from 2007-2019. In his first year as head coach, he’s had issues with star player Kevin Love who was reported to have an emotional “childish” outburst at practice.

Love, 31, who was traded to the Cavs in 2014 to help the team win an NBA championship when LeBron James was steering the ship, has publically showed some frustration during games this season.

He apologized for acting like a child earlier this week.

“I wasn’t acting like a 31-year-old, I was acting like a 13-year-old,” Love said. “That was not me.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love reacts after missing a three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Beilein has also been reportedly “slow to connect” with the team’s young roster — which has seven players under 25 years old, according to the outlet. Everyone on the team is under 30 except Love.

Beilein has coached basketball for nearly 50 years, although never in the pros before his current stint with the Cavs — who are 10-27 this season.

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The team is in the midst of a five-game losing and is scheduled to take on the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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